Image via jessainscough.com
When the news broke that health and wellbeing blogger Jess Ainscough died of cancer, many of us were left wondering what Gerson Therapy is, and sadly, if her death could have been prevented.
The former online editor of Dolly magazine and self-appointed “Wellness Warrior” first learned she had a rare form of cancer, epithelioid sarcoma, at the age of 22. Doctor’s told Ainscough that her best chance of survival would be to amputate her arm at the shoulder.
She initially tried chemotherapy, but after a year in remission the tumours returned. Doctor’s again advised that amputation was one her best option. The operation would have significantly increased her chance of 10-year survival. Without treatment the life expectancy in 35 percent of patients with epithelioid sarcoma is five years.
It was then that Jess started researching alternatives. She spent 10 days at the Gawler Foundation in Melbourne. An alternative therapies clinic founded by Dr Ian Gawler, who claims to have cured his secondary bone cancer for over 30 years. A claim which has been refuted by medical professionals and his ex-wife Grace Gawler, who say it was more likely that he was suffering from tuberculosis, not cancer at the time.
”A lot of people take hope from my story,” an unrepentant Gawler told Fairfax Media. ”By using me as the vehicle for airing their concerns is to overlook the point that I have been a source of hope and inspiration for many, many people for 30 years.”